if you have ever been
on the outside looking in
You recognize the lonely isolation,
With ever aching heart
You know you aren’t a part
And it only leads to sorrow and frustration.
From the outside looking in,
You feel your future’s very dim,
You’ll never be a part of the elite,
You will never be allowed
to join in with the “Inside crowd”
From outside you see inside looking sweet.
It takes a lot of years
to brush away your fears,
To stand tall and become “the One you are;
And you learn that all those lessons
were a special kind of blessing,
The kind that always helps a soul go far.
You recognize in others–
They’re your sisters and y our brothers,
There’s no outside, there’s no inside–
We’re all one–
The barriers are broken
and its done with words unspoken,
It’s as it should be
when the day is done.
Sandra Lee Smith
originally posted March 1, 2010
Updated August 17, 2018